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Average Energy Prices, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island – February 2015

Gasoline prices averaged $2.334 per gallon in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area in February 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that gasoline prices were down compared to last February when area households paid $3.606 per gallon. The average price of utility (piped) gas at $0.959 per therm was also lower than the $1.199 per therm spent last year. Electricity prices averaged 22.0 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), up from the 20.7 cents per kWh paid in February 2014. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $2.334 a gallon, the price of gasoline in the New York area was similar to the $2.308 national average in February 2015. A year earlier, consumers in the New York area paid 5.4 percent more than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. In February 2015, the local price of a gallon of gasoline was the closest to the February national average price since before 2011. (See chart 1.)

 Chart 1. Average prices for gasoline, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island and the United States, 2011-2015 (as of February)

 

The 22.0 cents per kWh New York households paid for electricity in February 2015 was 59.4 percent more than the national average of 13.8 cents per kWh. Last February, electricity prices were 54.5 percent higher in New York compared to the nation. In the last five years, local area electricity prices in February exceeded the nationwide average by at least 45 percent. (See chart 2.)

 Chart 2. Average prices for electricity, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island and the United States, 2011-2015 (as of February)

 

The average price paid by New York area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was $0.959 per therm, or 4.8 percent below the national average in February 2015 ($1.007 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 11.2 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In fact, last month was the first time in five years that local prices for natural gas have fallen below the nationwide average price in February. (See chart 3.) 

 

 

The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Conn.-Pa. Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) consists of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties in New York State; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties in New Jersey; Fairfield County and parts of Litchfield, Middlesex, and New Haven Counties in Connecticut; and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

The Consumer Price Index for March 2015 is scheduled to be released on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).


Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, the 3 population size classes, 10 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 14 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm, are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island and the United States, February 2014- February 2015, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
New York area United States New York area United States New York area United States

2014

 

February

$3.606 $3.422 $0.207 $0.134 $1.199 $1.078

March

3.695 3.590 0.213 0.135 1.176 1.154

April

3.768 3.717 0.196 0.131 1.209 1.137

May

3.835 3.745 0.205 0.136 1.195 1.111

June

3.852 3.750 0.211 0.143 1.130 1.088

July

3.839 3.690 0.208 0.143 1.112 1.093

August

3.672 3.540 0.204 0.143 1.070 1.060

September

3.557 3.463 0.199 0.141 1.074 1.058

October

3.363 3.241 0.194 0.136 1.014 1.033

November

3.031 2.945 0.198 0.134 0.934 1.035

December

2.775 2.618 0.195 0.135 0.985 1.060

2015

 

January

2.297 2.170 0.208 0.138 0.983 1.036

February

2.334 2.308 0.220 0.138 0.959 1.007

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015